Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cascades ACEO

Cascades ACEO
I am sitting here in my motel room, drinking a cup of coffee and finishing my breakfast of a chocolate croissant. Pandora is playing on my computer, and just over my shoulder is a balcony opening on gorgeous gardens with waterfalls, walkways, and wonderful plants. 



$15.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

2.5" x 3.5" ACEO
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Frame available for additional cost - contact me for details

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Abstract 027

Abstract 027
When I travel, I usually take a different Bible with me than I use at home. I am travelling as I write this post, and this morning's reading was in the Psalms, and I am reading from my tiny copy of the Message version of the Bible. Sometimes it is extra tough to concentrate when I am on the road (don't worry - I am not literally on the road!), and it started out that way today, too. But the Message has been translated into 'contemporary English' by a poet, and the Psalms are ancient poems, so the wording is particularly beautiful. 




$70.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

6" x 6"
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame


Friday, June 16, 2017

Raindrops on the Water

Raindrops on the Water
"We need to schedule some times for me to come to your studio and get some footage," said my friend Marc. Marc is an internationally recognized performance artist, and he is making a documentary film entitled 'The Five' which will be about five artists from our small Indiana town. We all met in Marc's gallery last night to get schedules coordinated and ideas on the table. 




$160.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

11" x 14"
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame

We are a diverse group in so many ways! There are two abstractionists, a colorist, a multimedia artist, and an illustrator - three men and two women. We also have very different philosophies about our art, and I expect there to be fascinating perspectives to consider. I feel so honored to be chosen for this project!

As I talked to the multimedia artist, she talked about the inspiration for her recently-awarded painting. She and I talked about our shared love for Jesus Christ, and how He is key to our inspiration for our work. At one point, I pulled out my cell phone to show her my inspiration photos that were taken during my morning quiet time, and this painting that was the response to my thoughts and appreciation for the beauty of raindrops hitting water outside my window. "That painting is beautiful," she encouraged, "especially having understood your inspiration." 

Yesterday I was up very early in my favorite spot of our family room, looking out the huge windows and listening to the rain tap on the sky lights. I was reading my Bible and telling God that I thought His creation was so beautiful. I was overwhelmed watching the absolute beauty of the raindrops hitting the water outside my window. I noticed how the wind made darker and lighter patches of water, how the summer rain clouds and occasional breakthrough sunshine threw color there, and how the drops splashed up with little white ridges on dark water, and dark ridges on the light. It felt like a blessing on my day. 

As I read from Psalm 20, here is a verse that seemed to express those thoughts, even as I worked to schedule our own family activities. With both kids moving and starting new adventures in their lives, and my Beloved Husband heavily involved in a remodeling project at work and my own busy summer art schedule, I needed to be reminded that God has everything in hand, and even takes the time to satisfy my soul and inspire my art! 

 Psalm 20:4 ESV "May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!"

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Glenna, Too

Glenna, Too
First off today, before I write about this painting, I want to welcome my new newsletter subscribers, and try to help those of you who have been around for awhile overcome the shock of hearing from me more than once a year! Since I have not done well at consistently getting my newsletter written, I have decided to connect it with my blog posts. At this point, an email will go out whenever I post on my blog. If you would like to receive email less frequently, but would still like to be on the list, please contact me! I haven't figured out all the tricks of the trade yet, but I want to work with you on that. (At some point, I hope to get the automatic scheduling worked out, but that might be a little while!)


$120.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

6" x 6" 
Painted with Golden Open Acrylic paint on Art Bite panel

This is the second painting I have posted of my Grandmother, Glenna. As I mentioned before, I have photos of her that were taken when she was young, and I love how they remind me of the Grandma I remember from when I was preschool age. One of the things I remember is staying with her (maybe when one of my siblings was born?) and having tea with lemon and honey for a sore throat, and wearing bread bags over my shoes so that I could get them into my 'galoshes'. I also remember her playing 'gas station' with us when we were a little older and were riding our bikes. She would fill 'em up for us every time we came by. 


I am still on a steep learning curve with these Golden Open Acrylics. It just seems to come off of my brush in a different way than I expect, and it surprises me when it is still wet after it has been on the substrate for a while. I think I will really like this paint for certain applications as I get more familiar with it and know what to expect from it. It is challenging, and I love how it keeps me on my creative toes to keep working with it!


I hope you have great memories of times with your loved ones like I have, and I hope you can take the time today to build some with someone for the future. I am so thankful for the sweet memories, and again am reminded of the same verse from the Bible that I thought about last time I painted my grandmother.

Psalm 16:6 "The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me."




Monday, June 12, 2017

Little Seascape

Little Seascape
One more post of a tiny abstract landscape - this one reminds me of stormy clouds coming or going. These VERY quick little works turn out to be such bright spots of color, and sometimes they work well as studies for my larger works. 

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$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on Art Bite panel

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Little Landscape 2

Little Landscape 2
During the rush of preparing for shows and art fairs, it has been so much fun to get into the studio for these quick little abstracted landscapes. I find I am still learning, every time I paint, even when I am working on something small and familiar. What fun! 

$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on Art Bite panel



Friday, June 9, 2017

Cheery Little Landscape

Cheery Little Landscape
Often when I am "fighting with" large paintings in my studio, it is a pleasant break to paint a little, colorful work just for the joy of it. I really do love playing with color, texture, contrast and composition. I love to make a little cheerful piece that would be enough to brighten my day even in the tiniest room! 



$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Actually, I am learning, too, how to use a new color that I purchased entirely by accident! It is a color that I would have thought I would have little or no use for, but I am learning that it is, in fact, really handy at times. It does actually make me wonder how often I miss out on something special or helpful just because I am not watching for it. It is a delightful "happy accident". 

Here is a verse that comes to mind with this little cutie. 
Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Provision

Provision
"How do you start a painting?" This is one variation of the question that I hear most. "Do you know what you are going to paint, or do you just start?" I have touched on this in this blog before, but I think this painting is a particularly good one to use to describe one of the ways paintings take shape in my studio. 

$500.00 plus $40.00 shipping and handling
30" x 30" painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on 1.5" deep, gallery wrapped  canvas


Occasionally I "see" a painting in my head before I ever touch my supplies, and this is one of those works. The shapes and colors were there from the start, and I knew what the general concept would be, too. I suppose sometimes my subconscious mind is finding creative expressions while I work on other things, like homemaking. I knew that this work would be largely red-orange with a light, contained shape and a darker edge right from the first, and I knew that "provision" was the theme, though I could not have articulated how the two fit together.

I have been reading in the New Testament book of Matthew, and have noticed over and over in the story of Jesus how GOD's provision is evident. I particularly noticed Jesus' miracles of healing the sick and feeding the hungry. In two instances when Jesus fed large crowds, there were large baskets of food left over, and the shape in this painting began to remind me of a basket. 

This morning, I read how Jesus met a monetary need for Himself and Peter, His follower, with a coin found in the mouth of a fish. This provision was the one that helped me find the last needed elements to finish the painting. I feel that the fish's mouth, the coin, the basket and grain, water, need and provision are all represented. 



Matthew 17:24-27 (ESV)
24 When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Purple Cosmos

Purple Cosmos
How is it already June? All of a sudden, this year is absolutely FLYING by me. (You too?) It is time for shows, contests, and art fairs, and somehow or other, it all sneaked up on me.

This past weekend was a local art fair that I have always loved attending, and this year for the first time, I was one of the people in a white tent! It was a good show for me, but I already feel like I will busy until Christmas! Well, maybe not quite...

$175.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

12 x 12" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on 
acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper


Ready to frame




Today I finally got back into the studio to paint. Ahhh. That makes such a difference. The time just melts away, and I am surprised when I look at the clock and it is past time for me to be doing other things. Here is a work that has been many, many layers in the making, and is one of several that have been WIPs in my studio. I love the colors, textures, and the celestial feel of this little piece. It is one that I have spent time looking at over and over again. It reminds me of this passage of Scripture. 

Psalm 19:1-3 "The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words, 
whose voice is not heard."